Briefing

Five things to know about Freedom House's latest global rankings

A look at the 2012 Freedom House ranking of 197 countries according to their relative freedom. 

4. China: largest poor performer

China remains the world’s largest poor performer, restricting coverage of last year’s Arab uprisings, as well as coverage of public health issues, environmental accidents, deaths in police custody, and foreign policy. Even so, bloggers have been testing press restrictions by writing about corruption scandals and local tiffs.

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